Grand Chapter

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario warrants all Royal Arch Chapters in the Province.   Mount Sinai Chapter is one of over 100 Chapters under it's jurisdiction.

General Information
Grand Chapter Charities
150th Anniversary
Next Annual Convocation

General Information

The Grand Chapter office is located at:

361 King Street West, Second Floor
Hamilton, Ontario  L8P 1B4
Tel: 905-522-5775
FAX: 905-522-5099

The Grand Chapter office is on the second floor of the Grand Lodge Memorial Building.  Click here for an online tour of the building.  The office is next to the Grand Lodge Library.

The Grand Chapter Web Site is a valuable source of information on Capitular Masonry in Ontario. 

Among the useful links you will on the Grand Chapter site are:

All Ontario Chapters
Grand First Principal's Itinerary
Photo Gallery

Please visit our Photo Gallery for a picture of eight of the ten living Past Grand First Principals who have ruled Capitular Masonry in this province.  This was taken at the 148th Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter, on April 8, 2006.  Missing from the photo are only M.Ex.Comp. Charles W. Emmett, and the most recent P.G.F.P., M.Ex.Comp. Richard J. Jackson.

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Grand Chapter Charities

Grand Chapter has two registered charities, the "Release-a-Miracle" Medical Research Fund, and the Scholarship and Bursary Fund.  Each of these is worthy of your support.

As part of the 150th Anniversary, a push is on to bring The Medical Research Fund fund up to $1,000,000.00.   The intereste generated by the fund is given out as grants to support medical research.  The Fund has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars since inception to support research in a number of areas.

The Scholarship and Bursary Fund gives bursaries to qualified relatives of Companions, to assist them with their post secondary school education.

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150th Anniversary of Grand Chapter

From April 2007 to April 2008, Grand Chapter celebrated 150 Years in Ontario.  There were special events planned throughout the jurisdiction to mark the occasion.  As recognition of this memorable anniversary, the information on this site will be preserved for your information.  You can access the special area on the Grand Chapter web site to publicize the event.  The celebrations culminated with the 150th Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter, held in St. Catharines, April 2 to 5, 2008.

Please be sure to visit the special page on Mount Sinai Chapter's web site with additonal information on the event relevant to our Companions.

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Annual Convocation

The Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter is the annual meeting, to receive the report on the state of our Capitular Craft in Ontario from the Grand First Principal, reports of the various committees that administer the affairs of Grand Chapter, and elect the officers for the ensuing year.  For the next three years, it takes place at the Quality Hotel Parkway Convention Centre, St. Catharines.  Click on this Link for a scrollable map of the location. 

The dates of the next Annual Convocations are [Thursday to Saturday]:

March 31 - April 2, 2011 - 153rd [This is the last Annual Convocation to be held in St. Catharines]

The next four Annual Convocations will be held at the Quality Inn and Convention Centre, 580 Bruin Boulevard, Woodstock.  It is easily accessible, just off exit 232 of Highway 401.

April 19 - April 21, 2012 - 154th
April 18 - April 20, 2013 - 155th

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Thursday, March 31  to Saturday, April 2, 2011
Quality Hotel Parkway Convention Centre
327 Ontario St., St. Catharines

General Chairman: R.Ex.Comp. John W. Richel

Please click on this Link to read the Chairman's invitation to all Companions.

All Companions have been summoned by the Grand First Principal, M.Ex.Comp. Roland P. Mandeville, to attend the 153rd Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter.

All interested Companions are invited to attend, and see your Grand Chapter in action.   The events include both conducting the annual affairs of Grand Chapter, and social opportunities for Companions and their ladies.

The Nominations List has been published.  A summary for each office follows. Please contact the Scribe Ezra to obtain the full list.
      Grand Scribe Nehemiah: 1 Companion, acclaimed
      Grand Principal Sojourner: No nominations
      Grand Registrar: 1 Companion, acclaimed
      Grand Executive: 7 Companions [five to be elected]

We urge all Past Principals to attend the Annual Convocation and exercise your franchise to help determine our leadership for the coming year. The renewed interest in being part of Grand Chapter should make this a enjoyable and spirited Convocation. The wealth of talent and experience of all the nominees bodes well for Grand Chapter in the coming years.

The Chapter’s Ruling Council and all Past Principals are eligible to vote. Registration takes place:

      Thursday, March 31: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      Friday, April 1:          8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

You will receive the ballot when you register.  Voting will take place from 1 hour after Grand Chapter calls off on Friday, until 5:00 p.m. on that day.

An overview of the daily events follows.  Click on the event name to get the reservation form - see more details on this below.  The full schedule will be posted here when it is issued.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Grand First Principals social "Meet & Greet" from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., hosted by M.Ex.Comp. Roland P. Mandeville and his wife Lynette. Renew old acquaintances and meet your Grand Executive in an informal atmosphere, and enjoy a light Buffet with cash bar.  $15.00 per person

Friday, April 1, 2011

Grand Chapter will open promptly at 9:00 a.m. and call off at approximately 2:30 p.m. for the day.

Mrs. Lynette Mandeville will host the Ladies Program from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be an intteresting and knowledgable speaker from the Ontario Wine Society, and a wine tasting beginning at 10:00 a.m.  A local chocolatier will also speak.  It promises to be most entertaining. It will be followed by a lunch, served at Noon.  $20.00 per person

Grand First Principal's Banquet. Social hour - 5:30 p.m. Cash Bar. Banquet at 6:30 p.m.  $45.00 per person.

The menu consists of a Garden Salad with Herb Olive Oil & Red Wine Dressing, European Rolls, Boneless Breast of Chicken (Wing Bone In) Stuffed with Feta Cheese & Sundried Tomatoes with a Light Creamed Red Pepper Sauce, Roasted Parisienne Potatoes, Medley of Seasonal Vegetables, and Vanilla Ice Cream Crepes for dessert.

The entertainment will be provided by the renowned Niagara Men's Chorus, whose members are joined by a common love of singing and are dedicated to musical growth, good fellowship and  public service through performance.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Grand Chapter Session resumes at 8:30 a.m. In addition, we will close the Grand Chapter by noon.

A complementary Ladies and Hospitality room with refreshments will be available to all ladies from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

All Past Principals and the Ruling Principals are eligible to vote.  Be sure to participate, if you are eligible; you will take a part in determining our future leadership.  For the full nominations list, contact the Scribe Ezra.

Hotel Rooms are $105.99 for double occupancy.  Add $10.00 per additional person for three or four occupying the room. Your Scribe Ezra has booked some rooms for our Companions; please contact him to reserve a place.

Links to obtain the registration forms, in pdf file format, are provided below.  You can save a form on your computer once it is open.  You can also right click on a link, and select the "Save Target As..." option to save the form directly on your computer without opening it first.

Hotel Reservations

Meet and Greet, Grand First Principal’s Banquet

Ladies Program and Luncheon

Click on this Link to contact the Scribe Ezra for more information, or to indicate that you will attend.

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